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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

May 27, 2021

In this episode, Mark interviews audiobook narrator Eric Bryan Moore about his work as a voice actor and his new podcast Pocket Pulp.

Prior to the interview, Mark shares a word from this episode's sponsor...

This episode is sponsored by Findaway Voices.

You can learn more about how you can get your work distributed to retailers and library systems around the world at

In their conversation, Eric and Mark talk about:

  • The interesting nature of getting to talk to one another after having previously worked together as author and narrator
  • How listening to audiobooks while he was living in Brazil and wondering what he would do led back to his background in acting and a career in audiobooks
  • The original studio Eric used to have to use before having a home setup to record audiobooks
  • How a unique moment in reading aloud in an English class inspired the teacher to introduce Eric to the theater group
  • Studying writing as a way to help him better understand the work he was doing as a narrator
  • Auditioning a lot and getting 12 rejections before landing his first narrating gig
  • The ratio of about 1 in every 10 books that a narrator works on under the ACX royalty share program that actually earns money for the narrator
  • Eric's romance narrator pseudonym of D.C. Cole
  • The idea of how audiobook listeners might cross-over to discover new writers because of a narrator they enjoy listening to
  • How most of Eric's work has been working with small publishers and indie authors
  • The problem with being a narrator is that you don't get to read for fun anymore (ie, no downtime for pleasure reading)
  • How Eric's work is a combination of repeat clients and doing the occasional audition
  • Eric's going rate of $250 / finished hour which is the minimum rate for SAG-AFTRA
  • The way that a program like Voices Share at Findaway Voices works
  • The additional costs that Eric has to pay someone else to outsource as a narrator (which eats into his existing per/hour fees
  • The new podcast that Eric launched called POCKET PULP
  • How writers can submit stories to Eric's podcast, and the fact they get the audio file in return which they can use however they want
  • The potential things that this weekly podcast can lead to
  • And more...

After the interview, Mark reflects on the opportunity that exists for writers as well as the unique way Eric is leveraging this new podcast to build up his brand within the specific community where he's hoping to reach more people.

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Originally a stage actor and Shakespeare fanatic from California, Eric Bryan Moore bounced around the globe for a number of years, including having lived in Japan for six of them, before finally settling down in São Paulo, Brazil. After starting a family, he decided to put his acting degree back to use and kicked off a career in audiobook narration in 2016. He narrates from his home studio and enjoys reading Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Mysteries, and Horror. When he's not recording, Eric is busy playing with his daughter, trying to win his fantasy football league, playing chess online, reading for fun, and learning how to make the perfect caipirinha!



The introductory, end, and bumper music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0